Carry on Seb Sanders

Carry on Seb Sanders
Seb Sanders

Seb Sanders

As is to be expected at this time of the year, all the attention is on who will be crowned champion flat jockey. It looks likely Richard Hughes will retain the title – as he told me was his mission one year ago. Watch that interview here

Ryan Moore will likely finish second and it’s just as well the pair are good friends, as they will no doubt be competing for the title again in coming seasons.

But another jockey deserves high praise for his career long efforts. Seb Sanders has long been a jockey I have trusted. He himself was champion jockey. In 2007 he and Jamie Spencer tied for that honour.

Now Sanders has notched up 2000 winners and becomes the 19th jockey to do so. He has no plans to retire anytime soon. Which is good news.

Sanders says: “Retirement is too far away. I would like to build on this season next year. My next target is to ride another 33 winners this year and that will put me on 100 for the year. That looks like it is going to be a tough call but there is a chance it can be done.

“I didn’t realise only 18 other jockeys had reached 2000 winners. It’s brilliant.”

Indeed it is. Sanders joins names such as Lester Piggott, Sir Gordon Richards, Willie Carson and Richard Hughes himself. I was surprised to see that my favourite jockey, Ryan Moore, has yet to reach that total.

Come on Ryan! What are you waiting for?

I would like to thank Seb Sanders for being a jockey punters can trust to give horses every chance of winning. His record down at Brighton, for example, has always meant that he is a jockey to follow when riding down on the Sussex coast.

Seb Sanders likes to be beside the sea almost as much as he loves his job. I’m pleased to hear that he will be enjoying both for a some time to come.


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